The 20 Minute Blog Challenge was created by Karen at The Mommy Lady She has nominated me to help her kick off this brand new challenge! Thanks Beautiful!
Here are the rules:
- You have 20 minutes to create your post, this includes writing, checking, proofreading, editing and adding any images.
- Mention the person who gave you the challenge and include a link to their website.
- After 20 minutes you must publish what you have created.
- You can write about any topic you choose.
- Once you have done, you must choose three of your blogging friends to do the challenge, include links to their website.
- Let your challenge nominees know via Twitter.
Here is my 20 Minute Post.
Having a Birthday on the One Day EVERYONE has Other Plans
My birthday is on December 31st.
Having a birthday fall on the biggest party day of the whole year was really great when I turned 21, but now, as an older woman, I find this day the absolute WORST day to have a birthday.
Everyone has things they love to do on NYE. They like to go out and drink, or spend time with their significant other or families. There are a whole bunch of things that people do on this day, and unless you are throwing the biggest party, forget anyone really having the time to come and see you for a reason that doesn’t relate.
It has made for many many lonely birthdays.
My sister, 8 years my junior, strangely enough has the same birthday as me. it really made it easier when we lived close. We just celebrated together. Now though, living in different states, a video call with a shared shot is about all we get anymore.
I have come up with a great way to celebrate though without having to brave the crowds and the dangerous drivers out and about on the last day of the year. A way that lets me see my friends without impeding on their New Year’s Eve plans.
I put a roast in the slow cooker in the morning. Make sure I have plenty of hydrating and energy boosting beverages and snacks around (as well as some drinks of the alcoholic variety) and tell everyone that I will be home all day and night, and that an open door policy is in effect.
What my open door policy entails is simple. I have drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and food. My door and home is open all day and night for you to stop by either before your night begins, and fill your belly and fortify yourself for a night of partying, OR, after your night comes to a close, to enjoy a nightcap or even spend the night so as to avoid being a danger to yourself or others on the road after a night of drinking.
I find this serves two purposes. I get to see my friends as I ring in another year of my life, and I get to make sure they are safe and taken care of while they ring in another year with the rest of the world.
It also keeps me from having to go out on what I have deemed ‘amateur night’.
For years and years, I was salty about my birthday being hijacked by New Year’s Eve. Now, I feel that this very fact is something that makes the holiday even better than it was for the people I care about. That’s a pretty great birthday gift as far as I am concerned!
Thanks for reading!
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